No bond for nursing assistant charged in elderly woman''s murder

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ROCK HILL, S.C.,None - A judge ordered that a nursing assistant be held without bond after she was charged in the murder of an 82-year-old woman at a York County assisted living facility.

Police said 30-year-old Braquette Walton killed Pauline Cook at the Oakbridge Terrace assisted living facility on Saturday night.

Cook's body was found by an employee the next morning.

Police knew Cook well -- they had just visited her earlier on Saturday.

"We went out there and spoke to her about some checks that were missing," Rock Hill Police Lt. Michael Belk said.

Belk said Walton stole them and wrote checks to herself from Cook's bank account for more than $1,000.

Walton’s Friday morning hearing lasted about 10 minutes. She asked for a court-appointed attorney, and the judge ordered her held without bond.

Officials at Oakbridge Terrace said they hired Walton in July. They said they did a background check and found no red flags.

Walton's neighbor, Paul Burton, said he saw about a dozen police cars outside her home when police arrested her, initially just for forgery, on Monday.

Burton said they searched through one of the apartment complex's dumpsters, where he said he saw Walton digging around earlier.

Burton said he told a police officer.

"I said, that lady, I saw her digging in the trash," he said. "He said, 'That's all I want to know,' and called more policemen."

Oakbridge Terrace officials didn't want to speak on camera, but issued a statement, which read in part: "Words cannot begin to express our sorrow and we extend our deepest sympathies to our resident's family and friends."

Walton has also been charged for forging checks in Tega Cay in October.

Her next court date is Jan. 10.